Wow! As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many interesting and talented artists through our fleece sales!
Just before Thanksgiving I was contacted by a local person who wanted to purchase a fleece to surprise his wife for her birthday. He stopped over on the weekend, and part of the surprise was on me! I found out that his wife graduated 6 years before I did from the same college in PA – Seton Hill! Her husband had attended St. Vincent College where I took several course over the years as well! The Steinhagens have also been shepherds in the past! Small world!
He took home samples of each of the fleeces to wrap up for her, and this week they stopped over for her to make her final pick. Shirley was the lucky ewe!
The Steinhagens are incredibly talented people! They run Steinhagen Pottery out of their home, and they are historical reenactors to boot! Janice is a spinner and weaver and does artwork on the redware that her husband, Erich, creates. You HAVE to check out the gallery on their website to see their work! Just in time for Christmas presents…just sayin’!
Janice is also an author and was previously editor of our diocesan Catholic newspaper. I used to read her columns all the time, so I’ve “known” her for years!
She was kind enough to gift us with a copy of her book, and signed it when she arrived. Erich brought us an adorable miniature redware jug for our Christmas tree. It’s actually hollow and whistles when you blow across it just the right way!